Joburg woman to run 295km to fund a student’s final year fees

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Nickey Seger, a fitness specialist and wellbeing coach from Strubensvalley, Johannesburg, is honouring a decade-long promise she made to a student close to her heart.

Nickey Seger to complete 295km run to fund Nellie’s final year fees

In 2005, while working at Scuba City in Ferndale, Nickey met the now 41-year-old, Goodwill Khuzwayo, a charming man who through a near-fatal taxi accident became disabled. 

Inspired by his resilience, the 48-year-old, Nickey wrote to Radio 94.7, hoping that her colleague would be chosen during their annual 947 Xmas Wish. After three years of reaching out to the radio station, Nickey’s persistence finally paid off!

The radio station kindly agreed to grant Goodwill’s wish, sending his bright and bubbly daughter, Nellie, who was in Grade 2 at the time, to MacLaren College, an upstanding private school in Cosmo City.

Goodwill, with his wife, Edna and little Nellie nine years ago. Image: Supplied

Making a promise

While Nellie thrived in her new environment and loved her new school, unfortunately, Goodwill was unable to cover her school fees for the remainder of her education and had no choice but to send her back to the government school she had previously attended.

Concerned that Nellie wouldn’t get the quality education she deserved, Nickey stepped in, promising the young student that she would do her best to cover the cost of her schooling until she matriculated.

“It was important to me to help Nellie with her schooling because education is the key to unlocking the world. It helps us in all aspects of our lives. To me, education is the gateway to success. Success can be achieved when people have knowledge, skills, and attitude. All these things can be gained only with the help of education,” says Nickey.

Nellie is now 18-years old and has grown into a determined young lady who aspires to become a nurse to serve her community.

Goodwill, with his wife, Edna and little Nellie in 2022. Image: Supplied

Keeping a promise 

Due to the unforeseen impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected Nickey’s business, like so many others in South Africa, Nickey, for the first time is unable to cover Nellie’s school fees on her own – but she isn’t planning on giving up!

To raise the R75 600 needed to cover Nellie’s final year of school, Nickey has launched a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy and is pledging to complete 14 consecutive half marathons, a total distance of 295,4km, to get Nellie to the “finish line” of her schooling career.

The challenge, which is Nickey’s labour of love, will begin on 1 February 2022 and end on Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2022, in front of Nellie’s school, Ruimsig Montessori.

Nickey Seger and Khuzwayo Seger. Image: Supplied

Nickey has been “blown away” by the support she has already received in anticipation of her challenge.

Since the launch of her fundraising campaign over R24 000 has been raised thus far, through kind contributions from 25 donors both locally and internationally, which will fund Nellie’s future. 

“With my challenge, I hope to cover Nellie’s school fees and give a new spin of what love can look like during the month of love.”

As South Africa’s first female Navy Diver, four time Iron Man finisher, and someone who has represented South Africa in the long-distance World Triathlon Championship in Germany in 2010, Nickey hopes to teach young women a life lesson:

“Throughout my life, I have been exposed to and pushed back against gender norms and stereotypes. From a young age, I made it my mission, to prove that women can do anything they put their mind to, I hope that this will inspire others to do the same.”

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